Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with Pilot Black Ink

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 w/needlepoint nib and Pilot Black ink bottle

The Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with its needlepoint nib is new to me. I picked Pilot Black as its first ink. Its an ink that’s always behaved well, plus it’s nice and dark for the thin nib.

The ink performed well. The full converter lasted about 3 1/2 weeks. Considering that the nib is stingy with ink this is a good indication that I liked the pen/ink and used it more than other available choices.

But the experience wasn’t aggravation free, much to my surprise. The aggravation started when it came time to clean the Model 02. Pilot inks have always been pen friendly and easy to clean. This ink didn’t sit unused in the pen and 3 weeks is short for me so I didn’t expect problems. Some ink had splattered in the cap. Some drops had been in the cap for awhile and these were probably the spots that were the stubborn ones. Most of the ink washed away with water and a little scrubbing, but some were stubborn as was ink in the threads, which are midway down the cap. This ink needed some time in the ultrasonic cleaner, a little pen flush and more scrubbing with a q-tip.

The cap finial unscrews, making it easy to swap. The dip in the UC loosened it a bit so I removed it so any water trapped in there could dry out. I really like the way the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 feels in my hand and the needlepoint nib is considerably smoother than I expected. I have too many pens inked at the moment so the Model 02 will get a break, and it probably won’t see Pilot Black ink again. Luckily I didn’t fill it as a eye dropper, and I’ll use the converter next time too.

Ink & Pen Notes: Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo with P.W. Akkerman Oranje Boven

Pilot Vanishing Point Red Bamboo with Akkermann Oranje Boven

Both the Cherry Bamboo Vanishing Point and the Left Oblique nib are relatively new, arriving in June. P.W. Akkerman Oranje Boven is only the second ink for this pen and nib. I like the color orange, but it seems like orange fountain pen inks never live up to my expectations. I’ve also never tried an Akkerman ink so picking Oranje Boven as my first Akkerman ink was a leap of faith.

I picked the left oblique nib for this ink because I figured the bright color would benefit from the wide, at least for me, nib and the line variation would go well with any shading. Well, there wasn’t any shading to speak of. Other than that I found it to be a nice ink. There was just a bit of feathering on some paper and the line wasn’t always true to the nib size. The nice bright color made up for these minor deficiencies.

Still, this ink & pen combo never really grabbed my attention. I inked it up back on August 10th. I took about six weeks for me to write the pen dry (I’m a little slow getting these notes posted). Considering that the capacity of the con–20 converter is relatively small this tells that I wasn’t enamored by this nib and ink.

I currently have over a dozen pens inked so the Vanishing Point and the left oblique nib will get a bit of a rest. I do like the nib and the pen so it will be back in the rotation soon enough.

Sunday Notes and Links

All pens currently inked

There’s no favorite pen/ink this week since I went for quantity. With all these pens inked I used different ones each day. Sometimes variety is nice.

Some links of interest…

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict // This may be the favorite fountain pen that I don’t own.

Early Pilot Nibs. V. Size 3 – Crónicas Estilográficas

22 Planner Alternatives to a Filofax – The Well-Appointed Desk // It’s that tome of the year

Tips on Improving Your Handwriting or Learning Cursive Writing – Wonder Pens

DELTA – canetas e coisas // Gorgeous fountain pen

I can’t resist pen show articles:
San Francisco Pen Show 2015 – Owl Ink

Commonwealth Pen Show – Boston – Calligraphy Nut

Weekend Update: This Week’s Travel Kit — The Gentleman Stationer // I also like it when people share their EDC (or travel carry) although not have any fountain pens is just wrong

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Currently Inked – September 21, 2015

I had the urge to go through my fountain pen accumulation this past Saturday, fueled by the upcoming Commonwealth Pen Show. Besides being fun fun to do, it reminds me about what I have while suppressing my buying impulse. Not all impulses were suppressed, I couldn’t resist inking up many of the pens.

For context, I had picked a 24 pen case and decided to fill it with my 24 favorite fountain pens. Well, more or less, I excluded vintage pens plus I could still argue for or against some choices. But I picked the pens to ink up from among those 24. Most of the inks selected were also among my favorites since I wasn’t in the mood to experiment much, although I did save my two Model 20s for ink I planned to purchase at the pen show.

This brought me to 15 inked fountain pens, more than double the seven inked up when Saturday started. Two are nearly dry so this will leave a mere 13 .

On to the pens. As usual, the Esterbrook Dip-less isn’t pictured otherwise the pens are in the same order as the writing samples. Links are to reviews or “This Just In” posts if they exist.

Currently inked - capped pens 1
Currently inked - uncapped pens 1
Currently inked - capped pens 2
Currently inked - uncapped pens 2
Currently inked Sept, 21, 2015 - writing samples

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Sheaffer Balance Oversize c.1935 (b. stub) – Montblanc Irish Green // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (Left Oblique) – P.W. Akkerman Oranje Boven // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Red cartridge // Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (needlepoint) – Pilot Black // Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – Toucan Bright Green // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Pilot Vanishing Point (Maplewood) (XXXF) – Pilot Black Cartridge // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Sheaffer Gray // Sheaffer Balance II Crimson Glow (medium) – Sheaffer Peacock Blue // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (green) (medium stub) –Noodler’s Plymouth // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (Tiger Red) (medium) –  WildernessNoodler’s King Philip Requiem

Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Balance Oversize Broad Stub with Montblanc Irish Green bottle

I used last week’s favorite, my orange Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with a needlepoint nib more than any other pen, but this week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Sheaffer Balance Oversize (c. 1935) with a broad stub nib and Montblanc Irish Green ink. It’s not the perfect nib for me but I liked the change from the usual and the Marine Green is gorgeous.

A reminder, the Commonwealth Pen Show (Boston Pen Show) is today from 9am to 5pm in the Union Square Room at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA). Nathan Tardiff (of Noodler’s) published a video of what he’ll be bringing to the show. I plan to get the Plymouth Wilderness (green) and King Philip Requiem (purple) inks. Those pens fitted with the Sheaffer Triumph nibs are hard to resist but I’m trying to convince myself that I have enough Triumph nibs. Info about the show is here.

Speaking of pen shows, the Tilburg Pen Show is this coming Saturday (26th) for those of you in or near the Netherlands.

Some links of interest…

Fountain Pen Cleaning & Maintenance – Some General Advice – Wonder Pens // Good article about keeping fountain pens clean. It lines up with my thoughts. In short – don’t obsess.

Edison Premiere Winter Edition (Review) – Pen Pursuit // I love the look of this pen. Lucky for my wallet I know from experience these pens are a tad too thin/light for me to use comfortably for more than 20 to 30 minutes.

INEXPENSIVE: IKEA STATIONERY (PART 2/3) – The Pencilcase Blog // Fountain pen capable notebook from an unexpected place.

The Perception of Scarcity: Is it Worth Chasing “Limited Edition Inks” anymore? — The Gentleman Stationer // I chased bottles of Montblanc Bordeaux, which really is limited since it was discontinued years ago. I’ve never been a fan of hard to find inks such as Akkerman or Bung Box. I recently tried a couple Akkerman inks and wasn’t impressed (except for the bottle). If there’s a MB Limited Edition I think I might like I buy a bottle. If I really like it I might buy a second bottle (a rarity).

Pelikan Blue Black Ink Now Available! – Anderson PensAnderson Pens // *Speaking of scarce inks, Anderson Pens has some Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black ink which isn’t otherwise available in the U.S. This reminded me I had a bottle from past Cult Pens (in the U. K.) order. I like the ink so inked up my favorite Pilot Custom 823 with it. I don’t need more so I won’t horde the Anderson Pens supply.

Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black – Calligraphy Nut // I love this pen. It’s been too long, time to ink mine up.

Travel Loadout: New York — The Finer Point // Barely pen related, but I like reading about what people actually use in the field.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.